Computer Security Updates Week 4 of May 2013

Refer to Computer Security Updates Week 3 of May 2013; in which the biggest news was Reuters reported one of the biggest ever bank heists cyber crime.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • Bit9 produces a game-changing enterprise security solution.
  • Threatscape for MAC OX X.
  • US NSA Director warns that Cyber attacks will get worse.
  • Financial Times Twitter's account hacked - politically driven.
  • Soft adult videos of Rita Ora being used as bait by phishers

Bit9 Blog, May 22, 013 - Bit9 produces a game-changing enterprise security solution

A result of integration between FireEye and Palo Alto with malware alerts and Bit9's next-gen endpoint and server security; Bit9 Connector.

This product combination can automatically retrieve any new file arriving on any endpoint or server and submit it to FireEye and/or Palo Alto Networks for analysis - big deal!

It was designed to have real-time capability in terms of enterprise-wide visibility to endpoints and servers and detection on files traveling between endpoints.

The Bit9 Connector is available now from Bit9 and through channel partners. An Early Access Program with priority access and financial savings until June 30, 2013.

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May 22, 2013 - INFOGRAPHIC: Threatscape For MAC OS X Users

Keep your Mac Operating System and files safe by learning how to identify common types of virus.

Do Macs get viruses?

It is a popular myth that Mac Operating Systems are never infected with viruses, spyware or other malware. While there are significantly fewer viruses on Mac than on Windows, you still should have antivirus protection installed on a Mac.

Some Mac users may point out that a firewall is already built into Macs, but remember, a firewall will not protect you from viruses. A firewall only protects you from hackers.

The fact is that a Mac is not immune to viruses. That is why it is important that Mac users install antivirus software for Mac.

How do I know if my Mac has a virus?

It’s not always easy to tell if your Mac has been infected with a virus. However, there are a few indicators:
  • Your Mac runs slowly
  • Random things occur, such as flickering icons or random returns
  • Your Mac suddenly freezes
  • Your Mac shuts down or restarts for no reason
Stay safe with Mac antivirus

If you think you have a virus, first try restarting your computer. You should also make sure that you have downloaded the latest Mac security updates and run the disk utility application.

Finally, download Mac antivirus software. Use the software to run a scan on your system. Keep the antivirus software updated so it continues to protect your Mac against viruses.

Besides keeping your Mac safe, Macintosh antivirus software prevents you from passing non-Mac threats on to friends or colleagues who use other types of computer or Operating System. And, if you’re looking for OSX antivirus, Kaspersky Mac AV software works with OSX 10.4.11 or higher.

Mac antivirus software works quietly in the background and takes up minimal system resources on you Mac, yet will still detect all infections and deal with them as required.

Refer to infographic for threatscape for MAC OX X users and on password protection.

Eset, May 21, 2013 - US NSA Director warns that Cyber attacks will get worse

Speaking at Reuters Cybersecurity Summit, Keith Alexander was quoted as saying that cyber attacks is a time-bomb and is an evolving threats - it is something that nobody can estimate.

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Eset Threat Blog, May 188, 013 - Financial Times Twitter's Account Hacked - politically driven

As reported, it was hacked by hackers cum activitists known as Syrian Electronic Army.

Links to YouTube videos purportedly showing executions carried out by Syrian rebel groups were posted to the newspaper’s Twitter feeds.

Twitter has also been reported to be testing two-factor security systems.

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Symantec, May 16, 2013 - Soft Adult Videos of Rita Ora Being Used as Bait by Phishers

Celebrity scandals are always popular and phishers are keen on incorporating them into their phishing sites.

Symantec Security Response recently observed a phishing site featuring British singer and actress Rita Ora.

Hosted on a free Web hosting site, it prompted users for Facebook login credentials, calling the video a “social plugin”. The phishing page contained an image of a fake YouTube video of Rita in the background. The title of the video in question described it as an adult video of Rita Ora. A recent event involving an accidental exposure of Rita instigated phishers into devising this bait.

The phishing site gave the impression that users could view the video shown in the background when login credentials are entered. In reality, after login credentials are entered, users are redirected to a legitimate site containing adult images of Rita Ora. The purpose of redirecting users to a site containing images of the video is to convince them that the login was valid and to avoid suspicion. If users fall victim to the phishing site by entering their login credentials, phishers would have successfully stolen their information for identity theft purposes.

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